About the Cockrell School

The Cockrell School has served as a global leader in engineering education and technology advancement for over a century. It is committed to a mission to:

  • Educate leaders who think big and think creatively, and have a positive impact on society
  • Pursue innovative solutions through research, industry partnerships and a commitment to fostering entrepreneurship
  • Encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

The Cockrell School strives to be an influential catalyst in the development of future solutions that advance society, drive economic progress, and improve the quality of life around the world. It consists of seven academic departments offering 11 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate degree programs, and the engineering research enterprise is funded by $278 million in annual expenditures across two UT campuses. With 70,000 alumni living worldwide, the Cockrell School of Engineering boasts one of the largest and strongest engineering communities in the nation.

The faculty includes national medal winners, national academy members, award-winning teachers, and world-changing inventors. Among the Texas Engineering faculty community are:

  • 40+ current and emeritus members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 1 recipient of the Nobel Prize (John Goodenough, 2019 prize in Chemistry)
  • 3 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • 1 recipient of the National Medal of Science
  • 2 members of the National Academy of Medicine
  • 2 members of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 13 fellows in the National Academy of Inventors

Texas Engineering is regularly recognized as one of the best programs in the nation and the best in Texas, with many discipline-specific programs consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation:

Undergraduate Rankings

  • #10 Overall
  • #1 Petroleum Engineering
  • #5 Chemical Engineering
  • #5 Civil Engineering
  • #6 Software Engineering
  • #7 Environmental Engineering
  • #9 Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • #9 Computer Engineering
  • #10 Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • #11 Mechanical Engineering
  • #16 Biomedical Engineering

U.S. News & World Report 2022 Undergraduate School Rankings (published Fall 2021)

Graduate Program Rankings

  • #12 Overall
  • #1 Petroleum Engineering
  • #4 Civil Engineering
  • #5 Environmental Engineering
  • #7 Chemical Engineering
  • #8 Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • #8 Computer Engineering
  • #10 Mechanical Engineering
  • #11 Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • #17 Biomedical Engineering
  • #17 Materials Engineering
  • #17 Nuclear Engineering
  • #18 Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering

U.S. News & World Report 2022 Graduate School Rankings (published Spring 2021)

Major accomplishments over the past few years include:

  • Announcement of battery inventor John Goodenough winning Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2019)
  • Opening of the Engineering Education and Research Center (2017)
  • Opening of the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building (opening March 2022)
  • Announcement of new Associate Dean position for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (2019)
  • Launch of Texas Inventionworks center for student projects (2019)
  • Development of partnership with Army Futures Command (2018)
  • Launch of Texas Innovation Center (2020)
  • Opening of renovated Aerospace Engineering Building (2019)
  • Launch of bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and nation's first bachelor's degree in computational engineering (2016)
  • Naming of the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (2017) and the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering (2018)
  • Held inaugural Distinguished Lecture Series, with alumnus Rex Tillerson, former ExxonMobil CEO and U.S. Secretary of State, as speaker (2018)
  • Announcement of FDA approval on Cockrell School-developed drug for the treatment and prevention of anthrax (2016)
  • Establishment of several major research centers and initiatives (2016-2021), including the Center for Innovative and Strategic Alkane Resources, Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials, 6G@UT, Center for Additive Manufacturing and Design Innovation, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives, Center for Intelligent Materials Assembly, Center for a Solar Powered Future, Center for Materials for Water and Energy Systems